I work for a small 6 person IT/WebDev company with 2 owners (with a 30/70 split). The company started about 10 years ago with just one member. The WebDev side has dwindled down to just me as of 6 months ago, at which point I was offered to be the "head" of the department, such as at was. My department at the moment isn't profitable, but has been in the past. The company as a whole isn't profitable at the moment, but that is due entirely to long-term debt obligations that are winding down; the day-to-day numbers look pretty solid.
As they are worried about losing what remains of their coders (and value my management viewpoint), the owners have offered an ownership stake in the firm to me. They have not settled on a number (and, indeed, admit to disagreeing quite a bit in the ideal number!), and have asked what number I need to see to consider it a good offer.
I've given it a lot of thought, but it feels almost like picking a number at random. What should my thought process be, knowing that the two owners already disagree?
Edit: I realize this is very fact-specific, but I'll try to add what I can. In the short term, this equity will result in no change to income; profits are spent on debt instead of payouts. At some point, that will change, as both owners would obviously like to get paid.